Bora Bora is one of those places that most people have heard of but are not really sure why it is so familiar. The ancient name for the island was “Pora Pora,” which translates as “first born.” It sits in the Pacific Ocean and is one of the French Polynesian islands, owned by the French. The center of the island has two peaks of black rock, which are remnants of a long, extinct volcano. In 2008, the permanent population was recorded as 8,880. An aerial view shows the island standing in the center of a lagoon created by the surrounding barrier reef, which only has one breech to allow access. One result of this is that there is very little produced on the island that does not come from the sea or from coconuts. The world famous luxury hotels and resorts in Bora Bora are in one of the most beautiful and romantic places in the entire world.